Puppy & Kitten Care: The Right Start Requires the Right Care!
The veterinary team at PawSteps Veterinary Center wants to make sure that your puppy or kitten gets the absolute best start in life. A healthy puppy or kitten has the greatest chance of thriving in your home and growing up to be a well-loved member of your family. To ensure this, we strive to meet the physical and behavioral needs of your youngest pets.
Even the healthiest puppy or kitten needs to be seen by our veterinary team within a few days of entering your home. This way, we can assess the little one’s health, answer any questions, and forge a special bond between your young pet and PawSteps Veterinary Center.
All Puppies and Kittens Need:
- Veterinary care to make sure that they get the best start for a long and healthy life. Their moms’ milk is not adequate protection against disease!
- A complete physical examination to make sure that any potential problems are promptly diagnosed and quickly treated.
- A series of vaccinations and dewormings.
- Laboratory tests to screen for infectious disease, internal parasites, and other health conditions.
First Steps for Puppies
- First physical examination at approximately 6–8 weeks of age. All of your pet’s systems will be checked for proper growth and development from nose to tail.
- First puppy vaccinations at 6–8 weeks of age, then every three weeks until at least 15–17 weeks of age. Boosters continue throughout adulthood.
- First rabies vaccination at 13 weeks of age or older. This vaccine requires a booster at 1 year of age, as well as periodic boosters throughout adulthood.
- Parasite prevention—All puppies will be tested for intestinal parasites and treated, if needed, and started on heartworm preventive and flea and tick control on one of their first visits.
- Many articles on puppy care can be found on the Veterinary Partner website.
First Steps for Kittens
- First physical examination should be at approximately 6–8 weeks of age. Your kitten will be examined from nose to tail to ensure proper growth and development.
- First kitten vaccinations at 6–8 weeks of age, then every three weeks until at least 15–17 weeks of age. Boosters continue throughout adulthood.
- First rabies vaccination at 13 weeks of age or older, even if the cat will be kept indoors. This vaccine requires a booster at 1 year of age and periodic boosters throughout adulthood.
- Parasite prevention—Kittens are tested for intestinal parasites and treated if necessary. Heartworm, flea, and tick prevention is started as early as possible.
- Screening for infectious disease—Testing for feline leukemia and FIV is highly recommended and often performed on the first visit to our office.
- Many articles on caring for kittens can be found at the Veterinary Partner website.
In addition, our veterinary team will discuss spaying/neutering, dental health, and proper nutrition and can make recommendations regarding socialization and pet house training. The veterinarians at PawSteps Veterinary Center are eager to provide practical tips and suggestions for all issues.
We welcome your questions and look forward to meeting the newest additions to your family.